Camp at Usal Beach on the Lost Coast

San Francisco Usal Campgroud

Added by Jake Young

Camp at one of the last few significantly developed and remote coastlines in California. This piece of wilderness will make you feel like you are in another world.

Getting to Usal beach can be a little tricky, but it is well worth the effort. Usal Road (Mendocino Country Rd 431) is found 13 miles north of Westport or 14.5 miles southwest of Legget on Highway 1. The turn off is extremely easy to miss so it is recommended to use your odometer to gauge how close you are to Usal Road. There is a small white sign at the entrance to the road. The road itself is a very tight and winding strip of gravel that takes you to the campground. It is roughly 6 miles from Highway 1 to the campsite. An AWD or 4WD vehicle is recommended.

The campsite itself is very primitive. There are fire rings and small outhouses dotting the area. There is no potable water, but water can be taken from the creek and boiled or filtered.

You can access the Lost Coast Trail from this site and see what else the Sinkyone Wilderness has to offer.

Pack List

  • AWD or 4WD Car
  • Camping Gear
  • Food and Water
  • Photography Gear
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography, Surfing, Swimming

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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5 months ago

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This is hands down one of the coolest places that I have visited in California. The road is a little bit sketchy, but as long as you are careful it should be fine. It is worth the trek to go visit this serene piece of undeveloped coastline wilderness.

5 months ago

Added by Jake Young

Adventurer, Photographer, Impact Investor. I work with companies that want to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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